During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Adam Moseley, Head Baseball Coach at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. Coach Moseley, who was awarded as the World Champion 2018 USA Baseball 15u Pitching Coach, offers an informative discussion about what it takes for him to develop fantastic pitchers, establishing the team culture for new players, getting to know his players better,
- How did Adam Moseley get involved in baseball?
- What does Adam’s fall training season look like?
- What has Adam Moseley done to be able to develop great pitchers?
- What type of environment does Adam set up to integrate new players into the team culture?
- Are there any specific things that Coach Moseley requires his players to do?
- What are some different strategies for getting to know each player better?
- How does he develop his assistant coaches?
- What are some different things that Adam does during interviews of potential hires?
- What different rules and standards does he have in his program?
- What does a typical spring training plan look like?
- How does Coach Moseley deal with parents or players complaining about playing time?
- What advice does Adam have for first-year head coaches?
- What is the latest thing that he has learned that he is excited about?
- What is something that he does in practice that his players love?
- What is something that he believes that other coaches may disagree with?
- What are three things that would stand out during Coach Moseley’s baseball practices?
- What are some of Adam’s favorite books and resources that he has learned the most from?
3 Key Points:
- Coaches have to be able to trust their kids.
- Coach Moseley talks to each player every two weeks and keeps an updated chart of all of his players where he adds the date and discussions he has had with them.
- If winning isn’t fun, then why are you doing it?
- “I’ve been at Hoover (High School) for five years. This will be my 6th year, and we’ve had a pretty fun run here. We’ve had a lot of college players and a lot of great young men that we’ve been able to coach.” – Adam Moseley
- “In Alabama, we have some different rules, I know every state does. Essentially, we can spend as much time as we want in strength training and conditioning with our kids. There really isn’t a limit on that.” – Adam Moseley
- “We hire out a company called Godspeed. The guy’s name is Lance Rhodes and he started this business years ago. He is a Hoover graduate. Almost every NFL guy that lives in Birmingham, it seems like, trains with him.” – Adam Moseley
- “The best athlete on the mound means that in the 7th inning of the biggest game of the year he’s able to make the adjustment that he has to make to get the guy out, whether it is all working for him, or it is not.” – Adam Moseley
- “If you are doing the same drills for everybody, 25% of them are getting better, 25% of them are not getting any better, 25% are getting worse, and 25% are hurt.” – Adam Moseley
- “Any time you start sharing sweat, and you are all sweating together, I think the culture builds right away.” – Adam Moseley
- “First and foremost, I think it goes into who you are hiring. You need to hire guys that fit the development profile that you are looking for. I want to hire a guy that wants to be a life-long learner.” – Adam Moseley
- “I’m not a big, giant ‘rule sheet’ guy. Our program is not full of tons of rules. To me, the more rules you put out there, the more that they start looking for ways they can get around them.” – Adam Moseley
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